Back in the 90’s Buffy put a new more feminist face on the vampire story. Then Bella came along and quickly implanted sparkly vampires into every teenage girl’s fantacy. I have to be honest, I didn’t particularly like Dracula when I read it back in college, and I never watched Buffy. I did enjoy the Twilight series, it might not be high art, but it is definately entertaining.
I watched New Moon a week ago and enjoyed that a lot too. The CGI of the wolves was a bit corny, and the actor playing Jacob is a lot hotter than the actor playing Edward, which detracted from the Edward is the hottest man alive plot point. But for the most part I felt that it stuck to the plot of the book and entertained sufficently.
Last weekend I also caught my first eposode of The Vampire Diaries. Granted I did see a mid-season episode without any pervious context, but I wasn’t thrilled with what I saw. From the one episode I caught I figured out that some of the vampires are good and others are bad and they are living among humans and fighting for blood and justice. While these TV vampires don’t glitter in the sun, they do match more of the Twilight world rules than the Dracula world rules. Mainly I just felt like Vampire Diaries is trying to ride the Twilight money making wave, and the show wasn't adding anything new or interesting to the world of vampires.
Today I listened to a completely different vampire novel – You Suck by Christopher Moore. You Suck is nothing like Twilight, it attempts to be a humorous version of Dracula and I half expect Moore has never read anything written by Meyer. If you love Twilight but generally hate horror, You Suck probably isn’t for you. But if you enjoy a humorous spoof on horror that pokes fun at human fears and desires, then you will probably love You Suck.
Here is a longer list of comparisons between the vampires of Meyer and Moore
Bodies go lifeless (effectively dead) at sunrise
Passionate biting sex
Shave a cat before drinking its blood to avoid a mouth full of hair
Can drink from humans without killing them
Vampire gets drunk after feeding on drunken homeless guy
Vampires need human minuons (normally goth teenagers) to do their bidding during the day
The humane way to hunt is to eat terminally ill patiants shortly before they would die anyway
Bodies sparkle in the sun
Steamy hand holding but absolutely no sex before marrage
Hunting for mountain lions in the woods without getting remotely dirty
Biting a human can lead only to death or transformation and is always painful for human
Nobody does drugs or drinks alcohol in Forks
Vampires must keep their identities hidden under all costs
The humane way to hunt is to eat animals
Joke of the Day
What does a vampire fear most?